Stop Drilling on Eighth Avenue
The people of Fort Worth have been cut out of the decision-making process on almost all aspects of urban gas drilling. The Mayor and the City Council spend more time listening to the gas drilling companies than their own constituents. The Eighth Avenue Drilling Site is an example of everything wrong with the city\'s gas drilling process. The people in the neighborhoods surrounding this site have made it abundantly clear that they do not want gas drilling at this location. However, Chesapeake Energy is trying to circumvent the city\'s gas drilling ordinance and the will of the people and buy waivers to allow them to drill at this location. This is wrong and this must stop. Mayor Mike Moncrief and the Fort Worth City Council have allowed the current gas drilling ordinance to become a sham. They have ignored the interests of the community they are supposed to serve. Gas drilling companies have more influence than average citizens. Money is more important to the Mayor and the Council than the will of the people. So, the time has come to send the City Council a message: you are accountable to the people of Fort Worth and you have lost our confidence. We need immediate action. We need an immediate moratorium on all high-impact drilling in the City of Fort Worth until the Gas Drilling Ordinance Task Force can complete its work. Furthermore, we call for more public input into the gas drilling issues this city faces. The people of Fort Worth are being cut out of the process on high impact wells, disposal wells and pipelines. We need a new entity to represent neighborhood interests on these issues. We ask the city to appoint a permanent citizens committee to advise the City Council and represent neighborhood quality of life issues related to urban gas drilling.